While some might think of it as vandalism and/or “illegal activity,” I have a high tolerance for street art. In fact I would even go as far to say that I
kind of adore graffiti; well a lot of it anyhow. I’m not a fan of tagging as I find to be rudimentary and – for the most part – unattractive, but I dig well-articulated and executed stencils, murals and paste-ups that often enliven public areas by breathing new life into them, or at least encourage residents to think about underlying political or social issues in a very different way.
I’ve enjoyed countless afternoons walking around a city (be it Barcelona, Brussels or Beirut) and exploring it from the ground up (eating my way from East to West…and from North to South for that matter). As I wander around I’m diligent about keeping an eye out for someone’s mark of creativity. It’s a game of graffiti Where’s Waldo as sometimes I’ll come across a piece of art in the most unlikely of places: above a street sign, in a doorway, wrapped around a lamppost, glued to the side of a bus or even painted on a sewer grate.
It might sound a bit odd, but I take in a lot more of my surroundings and get a wildly different perspective of a city this way. It’s nice to come across a piece of graffiti or street art that seemingly took a lot of time and effort to execute. It’s equally fun to contemplate and deconstruct the message (if there is one) of the sender.
So in honour of this Intolerant’s #urbangraffitistreetartlove (uh huh, I just hashtagged that), I figured I’d add an extra category to my blog for the purpose of periodically sharing photos of street art/graffiti finds from cities around the world.
I mean, why not? It’s like going to the Tate Modern, but without the hefty price tag.
*Photos in this post are graffiti/street art finds around Brussels.